Hawks will not sell star on the cheap

Striker Ollie Palmer is highly sought after
Striker Ollie Palmer is highly sought after
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HAWKS have made it clear Ollie Palmer will not be leaving the club for £20,000.

Weekend reports linked the highly-coveted striker with a switch to either Charlton, Huddersfield or Derby.

The fee mentioned was £20,000, however, secretary Trevor Brock is adamant the club are looking for more than the £50,000 pocketed when Wes Fogden left to join Bournemouth.

Hawks secretary Trevor Brock said: ‘I don’t know where these papers get their information from.

‘£20,000 wouldn’t touch the sides and we would have no interest in that amount.

‘We sold midfielder Wes Fogden to AFC Bournemouth for over £50,000, so we would be looking to get in excess of that figure.

‘Ollie is our leading goalscorer and strikers of his size and ability are hard to come by.

‘We are not looking to sell him and it would take a decent offer to prise him away.

‘It’s up to a club to come in and persuade us because we are happy to keep him. We are not going to stop the player going forward but he is contracted to the club and we would expect a reasonable fee.’

Palmer is currently joint top scorer in Blue Square Bet South with 11 goals.

He will be hoping to add to his tally when the Hawks visit Eastbourne Borough on Boxing Day (3pm).

Brock believes it will not be one of his final games for the Hawks.

Last season he banged in 15 goals from 26 games to finish as the Hawks top scorer.

But he did go through a poor patch, after starting the season on fire.

This campaign he has looked fitter and more switched on mentally.

Hawks saw their festive programme delayed on Saturday when the home match with Bath City was postponed.

The Westleigh Park pitch failed an early morning inspection.

Instead, they start at Easbourne, weather permitting, before going to Eastleigh on Saturday.